The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will officially arrive in the American retail market on September 10 positioned more as a lifestyle vehicle than a work truck.
The ninth-generation Tacoma will come with car-like features, new engine choices, and an upgraded and sophisticated interiors that would surely keep it in the driver seat in the US pickup truck market for a long, long while, details Forbes.
The last time that the Japanese carmaker updated the Tacoma was way back in 2005 and the complexion of the pickup market has changed dramatically since then.
At that time, the Tacoma was a pacesetter in the market that once featured the likes of the Ford Ranger, the Mazda B-Series, the Mitsubishi Raider, the Chevrolet S10, the Isuzu Pickup, the Dodge Dakota, the Volkswagen Pickup, and many others.
With the exception of the Tacoma, all those other players are gone. The major market players these days now include the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon, the Honda Ridgeline, and the Nissan Frontier. Even with its nearly 10 years of no upgrade, the Toyota Tacoma still account for 50% of the pickup sales in the US, which only indicates how the brand has endeared itself to American pickup truck enthusiasts.
While the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is coming with a lot of technologies for infotainment and safety purposes, the makeover of the revered pickup truck line from the Japanese carmaker has placed less emphasis on its work capability like towing capacity and payload, and more on amenities such as performance and appearance.
The 2016 Tacoma is sleeker, sharper, and better looking overall despite no dramatic change in appearance from its predecessor model.
Higher resale value
What makes the Toyota Tacoma an American favorite in the mid-size pickup truck category is its high resale value. For some reason, the Tacoma has the highest secondhand value in its category, which makes it both a good buy and a wise investment, notes The Car Connection.
It may not be considered as a clean-sheet redesign or the so-called redesign from the ground up, but the 2016 Toyota Tacoma delivers exactly what rabid enthusiasts of the pickup truck line want including a new cabin structure, new and improved powertrains, a retuned suspension, and an improved feature set.
The cabin improvements have greatly made the 2016 Toyota Tacoma very quiet inside. All the changes were made on the pickup truck without varying the size and configuration, which have become the hallmark of the brand.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma, just like its predecessors, comes in Short Bed and Long Bed variants with Double Cab and Access Cab styles.
The Double Cab version has a full-size back seat and space for up to five passengers while Access Cab model has a small fold-out seat that are more useful as a cargo space than seating additional passengers.
In terms of what’s under the hood, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma come in either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a new 3.5-liter V6 engine which shall optimize fuel injection along with an Atkinson power cycle to improve efficiency. The new V6 engine is expected to lead its class in terms of fuel economy.
When the first generation Toyota Tacoma was launched in 2005, it took only the midsized pickup truck a short time to take the helm and lead the segment in the US market for quite some time.
Unfortunately, the Japanese carmaker subsequently allowed a decade to go by before thinking of finally doing a redesign the Toyota Tacoma, which is quite a long period of time in modern automotive terms.
The global financial crisis that followed years later also contributed to the Toyota Tacoma slightly losing its grip on the leadership in the US midsize pickup truck market.